Fort Washington Hospital
Fort Washington Medical Center is a 37-bed acute care hospital in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The hospital serves patients in the Fort Washington, Oxon Hill, and Temple Hills areas, as well as parts of southeast Washington, DC. Nexus Health, a private health care organization owns and manages the community-based hospital.
In the late 1970s, residents in Fort Washington explored the idea of establishing a hospital in the area. Their dream was partially realized when the Fort Washington Ambulatory Care Center opened in 1983. The Center was a 16-hour emergency treatment facility with outpatient surgery. While accommodating, the Center did not fully meet the health care needs of the community. Now galvanized to do something greater, a group of residents in the community spearheaded grassroots efforts that led to the expansion of the Center in 1991– thus creating what is now Fort Washington Medical Center. The facility would become an acute care hospital, admitting patients 24 hours a day. One year later, the hospital saw immediate growth in its emergency department expanding limited-service to 24 hours, as well as accepting patients by ambulance. In 1994, the hospital opened a 4-bed critical care unit, becoming a full operations health care center.
Today, the hospital provides general inpatient services including adult medical and surgical care, ambulatory surgical services, laboratory, radiology and diagnostic services, as well as gastrointestinal, orthopedic, plastic, rehabilitation, and respiratory therapy. Specialty services include gynecology, neurology, urology, and ophthalmology. In addition, FWMC operates one of the busiest emergency rooms in the metropolitan area, seeing more than 40,000 patients each year, and has just over 400 employees.
As a community-based hospital, health professionals at FWMC engage monthly in activities and services including free health screenings, educational workshops, and health fairs. Some of its community-based programs include an Outpatient Diabetes Education Program that tailors to the patient’s goals, education, and lifestyle. In addition, they offer an Infectious Diseases Program that provides free HIV and Hepatitis C testing and education.
SELECT NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- 2019 Healthgrades five-star commendation for appendix removal surgery
- 2017-2019 Healthgrades five-star commendation in orthopedics for treatment of hip fractures
- 2011-2018 Healthgrades five-star commendation in cardiac for treatment of heart failure
- 2018 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM
- 2018 Healthgrades five-star commendation for gallbladder removal surgery
- 2018 Health Quality Innovators Award for prevention of falls
- 2015 The Joint Commission America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety recognition for excellence in accountability measure performance for heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, and venous thromboembolism
- 2014 Delmarva Foundation Excellence in Core Measures Award for quality excellence
- 2014 Consumer Reports Top Safeties local hospitals in the DC region